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The centre provides maths and English programmes for students of all ages and abilities. There is a team of dedicated assistants on hand to assist students when required.
Kumon caters for all ages and abilities; the youngest child at the centre is currently three years of age and the oldest is 16. Many of the children have been with the centre for several years and have grown to work independently and confidently, which has enabled many of the children to reach and stay in the top sets at school.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
Unlike the process of a traditional tuition provider, Kumon encourages students to take their learning into their own hands. The role of the Kumon Instructor is to provide guidance, support and encouragement, allowing the student to develop their own independent learning strategies.
I am Siva Selvakumaran and I would like to introduce myself as the Instructor at the Pontyclun Study Centre. I have been running the study centre for over seven years. The skills I gained from my Engineering degree and my 15 years of experience in the engineering field have helped me greatly in my role as a Kumon Instructor.
I am also a Kumon mum. My daughter started Kumon when she was four years old and benefited tremendously from the Kumon programmes. She became an independent self-learner, with a passion for learning and growing. I am now an advocate of Kumon, having been entirely satisfied with the Kumon programmes and method.
Stepping into the role of a Kumon Instructor was a natural transition for me and has given me the opportunity to help children reach their potential in these areas of crucial importance. The pure joy of seeing a child develop into a confident self-learner and achieve their maximum potential through committing to study a little bit every day is very rewarding and is what encouraged me to run a Kumon study centre.
Through running my centre, I have seen how much children can improve in their studies. It is very impressive to see their progress when they begin to show commitment towards their work.
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Kumon offers much more than tutoring and differs from traditional teaching in the classroom. Rather than preparing children for a particular test or assessment, Kumon empowers students to learn for themselves, through individualised instruction and carefully developed worksheets.
As well as developing key skills in maths and English, each Kumon student will work towards building their independent learning skills and confidence in their own abilities. This means that a Kumon student will not be dependent on – or limited by – the skills and knowledge of others.
Students can start learning with Kumon from age two upwards. We currently have students as young as two years old studying with us, ranging all the way up to those about to go to university; Kumon helps children of any age and any ability. The sooner children begin, the earlier they can start developing skills to gain the greatest cumulative benefit; as soon as you feel your family is ready to make the commitment to long-term study, Kumon will be ready to help you achieve your goal.
Kumon is a self-learning programme but each student receives regular support from their Instructor. The carefully developed worksheets teach students how to find the answer for themselves, whilst their Instructor offers guidance when necessary. The key role of each Kumon Instructor is to observe their students working, making sure that work is set at the right level and that they are developing at the right pace.
As a global programme, Kumon does not follow a school curriculum, but rather is complementary to curricula across the world. The primary aim of the Kumon Method is to develop independent learning skills. These independent learning skills enhance the students’ performance right across the school curriculum. Kumon operates at exactly the right level for each student – regardless of their age – ensuring that work set extends and develops their skills, confidence and ability.
Both, and every child in between. This is because of our individualised approach to education, which always asks the question: "What is best for this individual child?" Following a diagnostic test, a study plan is set to develop the ability of the child and to progress them beyond the Kumon International Standard (an international approximation of their school level) regardless of their starting point. Kumon welcomes students with special educational needs, gifted and talented children, and all those who believe they can achieve more and fulfil their potential.
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